US Patent No: 8,226,999

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Microwaveable nested trays

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One embodiment includes a package system containing a main container with a smaller container nested in it. The smaller container is filled with a secondary food item designed to be mixed into the primary food item. The smaller container is placed within the main container. The area of the main container not occupied by the smaller container includes a main food item. Both containers are sealed with one film. Before consumption, a consumer will place the package in a microwave to heat. Once heated, the smaller container is removed from the main container, creating space in the main container previously occupied by the smaller container. The main food item in the main container will re-position creating space between the top of the main food item to the edge of the main container. The secondary item can be added into the main container without overflowing out of the main container.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
BARILLA G. E R. FRATELLI S.P.A.PARMA, IT44

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Amigoni, Michele - 6 5
Aye, George Kyaw Soe Maung Chicago, IL 16 89
Bordini, Andrea - 3 1
Jung, Jeewon - 13 70
Lai, Sue Chicago, IL 4 32
Luna, Eleanor - 6 12
Masotti, Valentina Casalecchio di Reno, IT 19 45
Mehlman, Jennifer - 2 1
Minervini, Giancarlo - 2 1
Mitkal, Jennifer - 2 1
Passoni, Francesca - 4 4
Riniker, Daniela - 2 1
Roberts, Iain Chicago, IL 27 194
Tedeschi, Giancarlo Gallo Bolognese di Castel S. Pietro, IT 8 11

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
CONAGRA FOODS RDM, INC. (4)
2007/0116,807 Food Tray 14 2006
2009/0022,858 Food product and cooking apparatus 16 2007
2009/0142,455 DESSERT FOOD PACKAGE 15 2008
2010/0015,293 MULTI-COMPONENT PACKAGING SYSTEM AND APPARATUS 16 2009
 
BARILLA G. E R. FRATELLI S.P.A. (2)
7,722,907 Microwaveable nested trays 7 2008
2009/0186,131 READY-TO-EAT FOOD TRAY AND METHOD FOR PREPARING THE SAME 3 2008
 
Campbell Soup Company (1)
4,925,684 Food package with a microwave releasable sealed closure 38 1988
 
CHEF'N CORPORATION (1)
D607275 Set of bowls 6 2008
 
COLUMBIA INSURANCE COMPANY (1)
2011/0259,897 Food Server Assembly 2 2011
 
Dart Industries Inc. (1)
D408686 Serving tray 41 1998
 
Fratelli Guzzini S.p.A. (1)
D304658 Combined tray and bowl 80 1987
 
KRAFTWARE CORPORATION (1)
D568111 Combination tray 8 2005
 
NABISCO, INC. (1)
4,848,579 Food container 34 1987
 
NESTEC S.A. (1)
4,916,280 Food package adapted particularly for microwave heating 62 1988
 
Paragon Group of Plastics Companies, Inc. (1)
5,441,707 Sterilization container 48 1994
 
Pillivuyt S.A. (1)
D312189 Serving tray 25 1987
 
RAYTHEON COMPANY (1)
4,486,640 Cooker/baker utensil for microwave oven 95 1982
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (2)
5,315,083 Microwave cooking utensil 27 1992
2007/0090,107 Condiment container 1 2005

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